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HP Decides to Kill Off webOS Devices, May License OS

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Perfect opportunity for HTC

bluecoyote

Aug 18, 2011, 3:40 PM
Given HTC's bread and butter OS's now have preferred hardware manufacturers, now would be a great time for HTC to swoop in and purchase webOS.
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Jolei9786

Aug 18, 2011, 3:58 PM
Very true. Especially after Google just bitchslapped HTC with the Motorola purchase. C'mon, HTC...you know you want it!
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je2345

Aug 18, 2011, 5:08 PM
I also hope HTC will start building WebOS devices. They cannot buy WebOS as it is not for sale it is just that HP may License WebOS like Google & Microsoft do with Android & Windows 7. Even a Samsung made WebOS device would be slick with Super AMOLED HD screen and WebOS 2.2 to work with the Touchpad. My dream device. I love Android and have hope also for Windows 7 but WebOS is honestly by far the most superior OS with the best UI & Multitasking we have seen.(along with QNX of course)
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SellPhones82

Aug 18, 2011, 7:30 PM
You can bet that Apple, Microsoft, and Google will all be hitting up HP to see how much $$ is need to come off all those patents that came with Palm...Microsoft had been eyeing Motorola til Google swooped in. HTC is possible but would they still ship Android and WP7? If so that's a lot of OS's to deal with and I don't see them dropping either one or both to bet all their money on WebOS.
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Slammer

Aug 18, 2011, 7:33 PM
Actually, the software may very well be sold off. I must agree with Bluecoyote. If a handset manufacturer were to purchase WebOS, I think HTC would be the best candidate. I like HTC for what they have become. I have been a perpetual HTC advocate and like it just the way it is. However, having its own identity with a secondary choice, would ante up the parley.

Also, while I understand the lack of app development for WebOS, it is amazing how dependant society has become on apps. My honest opinion is that WebOS is currently untouchable other than lack of apps. That is too bad. Because I don't feel the need for 200,000 apps. If I have 20 daily used apps, I think that is sufficient.

I really love WebOS and feel HP continued the legacy of fa...
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MrGuder

Aug 18, 2011, 7:50 PM
webOS is dead. The plug has been pulled off the life support machine. It's dead. Let it go.
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T Bone

Aug 18, 2011, 8:41 PM
I like WebOS, but honestly, two companies have failed to make it successful, what does HTC have that Palm and HP do not? A good product, yes, but apparently one without much market appeal.
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iDont Care

Aug 18, 2011, 9:19 PM
T Bone said:
I like WebOS, but honestly, two companies have failed to make it successful, what does HTC have that Palm and HP do not? A good product, yes, but apparently one without much market appeal.


Exactly. It's not just the hardware. No one wants webOS. It's a bitter pill to swallow but thats the reality of the situation and why in the hell would a manufacturer such as HTC pay HP a license fee for software which nobody uses or wants when they can use Android for free!
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bluecoyote

Aug 18, 2011, 9:54 PM
Why would they want WebOS?

Android isn't free. HTC Pays Microsoft a license fee, they're about to pay Apple a license fee, and Oracle will soon be paid handsomely as well

Second, it's now a competitor's OS. That means Motorola devices are going to be the ones with the most Google input. Google dumped 12 billion on Motorola. That's more than their past two years of profit combined. Regardless of what it gets Google and HTC in terms of patents, this is a company that just lost 46 million dollars that Google has to make profitable. Wanna know how well that'll work?

If HP takes ownership of WebOS (and they should, simply licensing it won't work) , it's got itself covered. It can distinguish its handsets from Motorola and Sams...
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bluecoyote

Aug 18, 2011, 9:38 PM
In short, hardware, and dedication.

WebOS has been day-late-dollar-short with every device it's been on since the very start at best. At worst, it was plagued with nightmarishly poor hardware with extremely high failure rates.

If new hardware comes, so will the developers. It's hard to be enthusiastic about developing for a platform with 18 month old hardware.
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MrGuder

Aug 19, 2011, 12:49 PM
True but marketing and timing had a lot to do with it as well. HP bought Palm just get the patents. Now Google and Apple are gonna come like ****roaches after you turn on the bathroom light in the middle of the dark begging HP for those patents and sadly not do a damn thing with them
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T Bone

Aug 19, 2011, 2:29 PM
That's the same thing people said last year when HP bought Palm 'finally we'll get some good hardware to go with this great OS'...it didn't happen unfortunately.

Don't get me wrong, I think WebOS is great, unfortunately great products don't always succeed.
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Sisyphus

Aug 19, 2011, 10:05 AM
This is indeed a perfect time for HTC to buy WebOS, if they want to shoot themselves in the foot.

While WebOS is a fantastic product to those that are in the know, general public perception doesn't understand that. People are not going to buy a phone, no matter how nice the hardware, that has not had any sucess for the last couple of years.

HTC made their name with Android. Remember all of their options with Windows 6.x? Horrible..

In order to make WebOS a viable option in the marketplace they need to figure out how to make it as versatile as the rest of the sucessful OS's. Without 3 party app support, WebOS is dead in the water.
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